Our audiovisual TV show «Y'Africa» promotes African culture in all its forms. Sierra Leone showcases its artists.
Sorie Kondi’s life is a metaphor for the struggles of many Africans, and more specifically those from Sierra Leone, whose recent history has been fraught with tragedy. The hardships he has had to overcome have led him to develop his exceptional musical talent. Born blind, he began playing thumb piano as a child (the kondi that gave him his name). In 2011, Sorie met Chief Boima, a compatriot DJ and producer, based in the United States. He has collaborated with him ever since. Together, they have released albums blending tradition and modernity and played transcontinental tours. Their work has received international recognition.
Fanta Kamara, aka Fantacee Wiz, is the only traditional folk songstress among Sierra Leone’s new generation of musicians. A vocalist, actress, dancer, poet, radio host, short film director, and fashion designer, Fantacee is truly multi-talented. She is a committed activist involved in social and humanitarian projects, a women’s rights militant, and passionate about nature and ecology. There is no doubt that in addition to being a consummate artist, Fantacee fights tirelessly for a world of justice in an appeased Sierra Leone.
Abu Bakarr Mansaray
Abu Bakarr Mansaray was born in 1970 in Liberia, one of Africa’s poorest countries. He decided to become an artist with an incredible will to learn and reverse the course of a nation torn by civil war. He has studied chemistry, physics, and electronics on his own. A self-proclaimed “professor”, he has worked tirelessly to create extraordinary drawings in graphite and colored pencil, detailing incredible futuristic machines complete with calculations, diagrams, and comments explaining their complex, enigmatic mechanisms.